The importance of testing
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that all children should have their hearing screened around the time they start school.
Children use their hearing to learn about the world around them and develop communication skills. This in turn affects their relationships with family and friends, their education, and future employment. The impact of hearing loss on a developing child can be significant, so the sooner issues are detected, and treatment or management is provided, the better chance a child has of living a normal life.
Hearing issues can develop at any age, so it’s important to be aware of the key signs displayed by a child if they have a hearing problem.
Signs of hearing loss:
- Does your child speak louder than others?
- Does your child turn the TV up too loud?
- Does your child often say ‘what’ or ‘huh’?
- Does your child have trouble pronouncing words?
- Does your child struggle at school?
- Does your child have trouble hearing in noisy places?
- Does your child lose focus in noisy places?
Why use Sound Scouts?
If you selected YES for one or more of these questions, it is recommended that you test your child’s hearing. Hearing issues may result from a number of conditions including conductive loss, sensorineural loss or auditory processing disorders. Early detection of hearing issues, followed by the appropriate treatment gives a child the best opportunity to achieve their full potential.
What do our users think?
Teachers, parents and healthcare professionals have seen the benefits of Sound Scouts firsthand.
It is fantastic to have access to something like Sound Scouts that is evidence-based and doesn’t require teachers to travel long distances.
Regional in Teacher Victoria
Even when I knew that Summer had speech problems, I didn’t really think it would affect her too much at school. However, seeing the hearing test results on the screen for myself after she had played Sound Scouts, it brought home the importance of the situation, and made it easier for me to accept that Summer would need a hearing aid to help her hear in the classroom.
Parent of Summer, 9 years old
Sound Scouts HQ
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Crows Nest NSW 2065